NASCAR

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Clint Bowyer Wins Talladega

by Matt Taliaferro And then, there were five. So it seems. Maybe. The one thing that is beyond debate is Clint Bowyer’s continued strength on NASCAR’s plate tracks. Bowyer made a last-lap pass of teammate Jeff Burton in the Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday to earn his...

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Stock Car Suicide

by Tom Bowles So what would you do with $13 million? In this economy, that’s a dollar amount that makes most middle-class Americans drool. It’ll certainly make major athletes jealous, too, after all, that’s more than the highest-paid NHL, NBA and major league baseball players earn, and fai...

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NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Haven’t we seen this movie before? Summer turns to fall and the 48 team shifts into another gear that no one else has, and that it seemed to be hiding all along. 2. Carl Edwards  Edwards’ tough-it-out third- and fifth-place finishes the l...

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Jimmie Johnson Wins in Kansas

by Matt Taliaferro For those who have followed Jimmie Johnson’s five-year reign in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, his performance in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup is none-too-alarming. A deceptive 10th-place run to start the playoffs, followed by an 18th-place hiccup placed the five-tim...

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Kansas Speedway

by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Hollywood Casino 400 Location: Kansas City, Kan. TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) June Winner: Brad Keselowski Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 15°; Banking/Tri-Oval: 10.4°; Banking/Turns: 15° Race Length: 400.5 miles/267 laps Track Q...

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Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Attention race fans: Do not count Jimmie Johnson out of the Chase until he is mathematically eliminated (which probably will not happen). Thank you. That is all. 2. Carl Edwards  The preseason favorite to unseat Johnson had a quiet regula...

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Kurt Busch Wins Dover

by Matt Taliaferro Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson entered Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway ranked ninth and 10th in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup — in 28- and 29-point holes. Many were already throwing dirt on Johnson’s bid for a sixth straight championship, while Busch ...

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Do Not Doubt Jimmie Johson

by Mike Neff For the last four years on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, the mantra has been the same at the start of the Chase: Jimmie Johnson doesn’t have another title in him this season. Or crew chief Chad Knaus is behind the times. Or this will be the closest Chase ever. Or, quite simpl...

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NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Tony Stewart  Difficult to place him anywhere else. Smoke has two consecutive wins and an average finish of fourth over the last four weeks. Lean & mean after shedding the dead weight. 2. Jeff Gordon  Probably had the best car in New Hampshire, but t...

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